Wednesday, November 26, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat - featuring a new track from Lindsay Mac

Lindsay Mac – “Remember” (After getting her start as a classically-trained cellist, Cambridge, MA-based singer-songwriter Lindsay Mac went on to perform quirky folk-pop.  Now with her new album, Animal Again, she has transformed herself into an electro-pop ingénue.  With her famous cello now almost non-existent, it allows her dynamic and soulful voice, inspiring lyrics and catchy, honey-sweet melodies to grab the spotlight and shine alongside the exuberantly danceable rhythms and lushly arranged 80’s-inspired synth-pop symphonies that were co-written with producer J Declan.  Check out the super-catchy debut single here with its bubbly rhythm, colorful synths and joyous melodies.)        

Young Tongue – “RXNLA” (The Austin-based five-piece - previously known as The Baker Family - recently released their debut album, Death Rattle as a joint venture between the Austin indie labels Punctum and Raw Paw Records.  Led by the husband and wife duo of Stu and Liz Baker along with Nathan Ribner, Darryl Schomberg II, and Travis Larrew, they create a dazzling contrasting blend of dark, angular post-punk and lush dream-pop.  Standout track “RXNLA” is built upon forceful acoustic guitar strums, plucky piano and the clever call and response vocal trade-offs between Stu and Liz.  Catch them on tour now with Mr. Gnome.)

The New Basement Tapes – “Liberty Street” (Sparked by the recent discovery of lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of his original Basement Tapes, producer T-Bone Burnett put together an all-star band featuring Elvis Costello, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes to write and record new music to the lyrics.  The excellent collaborative album, Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes out now via Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records - is full of each artist’s personality while still retaining Dylan’s singular vision.  The standout single here - co-written and led by Jim James – is a rollicking romp that recalls the close-knit harmonies of The Band but updated with warbly guitar solos and surging MMJ-like synths for the best of both worlds.)  


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